xodvf. fluid. ever evolving being. 

artist. changing paradigms and shit. storyteller. world vintage curator. archivist. social agitator. educator. writer. dialogist. brand consultant. strategist. photographer. set stylist. art buyer. social media influencer. wardrobe stylist. public speaker. community organizer. creative director. blogger. fashion historian. traveller. pupil. friend. revolutionary. dense. lush. layered. evolving. circular never linear. more. more. more.

Desirée Venn Frederic is a Sierra Leonean born writer and installation artist of Geeche and Maroon ancestry. Her work pulls heavily from her transnational experiences and understandings. The artist and thought leader explores identity, ownership and contemporary ideas in aesthetics. As the founder of Nomad Yard, a globally minded vintage shop in Washington, D.C., Venn Frederic creates a playground for those who love culture, history and rare antiques steeped in stories. She uses her work to negotiate multiple strata of marginalization being both undocumented and an aboriginal indigenous woman. She is an interior designer creating experiential spaces and interiors. She is a community organizer and founding member of Artist Union DC, with a keen interest in cultural studies and artistic expression. She is particurlarly interested in the ways in which fashion, visual culture and critical theory inform, shape and encourage discourses surrounding the socio-economic, political and cultural. Venn Frederic has shared her creative interests as an exhibiting artist with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center drawing parallels of her own personal immigration detention in 2013 to the criminalization of human existence throughout history. She holds degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Business Management and a certificate in Community Advocacy and is fluent in French and Krio. As a speaker, she has engaged TED Talks as well as audiences at University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, The National Endowment for the Arts National Maker Faire, Ted Talks, Made in DC Maker Summit, General Assembly, and Creative World’s Creative Economy Summit. As an ambassador with Define American, the activist shares her personal journey to expand the narrative of immigrants. She exists via the internet sphere simply as @xoDVF. She is a mentor to 2 college aged creative entrepreneurs and loves vintage kimonos. 

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name: desirée venn frederic
aka orisha ogun.
aka xodvf.
aka the alchemist.
aka mami wata.
company: xodvf x nomad yard x artist union
title: ever evolving-fluid being.
expert area: community advocac + world vintage + experiential art. 
annual salary: purpose fulfilled.
location: washington, dc by way of freetown, sierra leone.

 

antoinette brick's 'the name project' seeks to understand how our names shape our character and the role it plays in our identity. some reflect our cultural backgrounds. others are indicative of our parents' values, interest and ideologies. the writer + storyteller + videographer's platform, don't throw away the crust, is a brand dedicated to documenting the compelling stories of the marginalized peoples of the world though editorial, documentary photography and video. view the series here and connect with antoinette here.

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This Life: Desirée Venn Frederic went from jail cell to style-setter, Washington Post

This Life: Desirée Venn Frederic went from jail cell to style-setter, Washington Post

'the woman is god' an exclusive interview with university of maryland's miranda jackson for  m magazine

'the woman is god' an exclusive interview with university of maryland's miranda jackson for  m magazine

in your opinion, who are the best-dressed washingtonians?
’repeating myself again: desiree venn frederic!! she’s truly a visionary, and has so much poise and grace.’
— sarah zlotnick, style editor – washingtonian
“desiree is a careful antiquarian, whose store indeed reflects her nomadic spirit, carrying goods from all corners of the world. through this purposefully curated space inhabited by vintage goods is also a place that documents history. here, black memorabilia and artifacts from africa, asia and south america reconnect us not only to american history but world history. nomad yard is far more than a place to shop but a microcosm of essentially the universe and is situated in a part of dc that seems both forgotten yet newly “discovered” thanks to the irony that is gentrification. the spirit of ancestors are there yet so is that heavily sought after vintage chanel coat.”
— antoinette brock, the name project
nomad yard is a vintage store intended to explore world culture. to tell the story of human history and to reflect people who have been extremely integral in the provenance of art, of design, aesthetic, culture, pop, and all the subcultures therein. to pay homage to them, and to also have a conversation about sustainability. being mindful that we are not just creating things and disposing of them, because we can’t afford to do that for so many reasons. but moreover, when we do that we are disposing of our stories, and of our history.
— my designer dreams
insisting that nomad yard is more than just a shop, venn frederic sees vintage as a means to connect the community to art and use antiques as a means to teach history. “my merchandise creates an environment. the space feels like it could be a part of your home, and it feels familiar,”
— holley simmons, washington post

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